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I lost my Medicare card. How do I get a new one?

If you lose your card, contact your local Social Security office at 1-800-Medicare or visit the Medicare website immediately to get a new one.

Please protect your Medicare card just as you would a credit card. Your Medicare card in the wrong hands can be used to submit fraudulent claims.

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I recently moved to another state. How do I update my address with Medicare?
To protect you and ensure your receipt of your benefits, please let your Social Security office know that your address has changed. The number for the Social Security Administration is 1-800-772-1213.

Does Medicare Part B pay for prescription drugs?
Currently, Medicare Part B does not include a prescription drug benefit for most self-administered drugs. However, certain drugs that are administered by a doctor as part of a service or in a hospital outpatient department may be covered. These drugs include certain shots, infused drugs, some antigens, immunosuppressive drugs, oral cancer drugs, and oral anti-nausea drugs associated with cancer treatments. For more information on this please see the CMS Website.

Although I am able to walk, I have a difficult time walking long distances. Would Medicare allow payment for a wheelchair or Power Operated Vehicle (POV)?
Medicare wheelchair and POV coverage guidelines indicate that in order to allow payment for a wheelchair, a person with Medicare must be bed or chair-confined without the use of a wheelchair.
Furthermore in terms of POV all of the following criteria must be met:

You require a wheelchair to maneuver in your home;
You cannot operate a manual wheelchair;
You can safely operate the controls of a POV;
You can transfer safely to and from a POV and have adequate trunk stability to safely ride in a POV

You need a prescription from your physician prior to purchasing the POV, and the physician and supplier must complete a Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN).

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